Monday, April 16, 2012

Design 709 - Excursion Vessel Mohican Conversion


In 1907, a new excursion vessel was commissioned and built of riveted steel to a design by naval architect J. W. Millard of New York for the Lake George Steamboat Company. She was built by the T.S. Marvel Company of Newburgh, New York, and named Mohican (II), in honor of the boat that preceded her.

Power was provided by two inverted, direct-acting, Fletcher-built compound steam engines which generated approximately 550 horsepower to her twin screws, giving her a cruising speed of 13 knots while burning four tons of coal a day. She was built at a cost of $65,000.

In 1945, the company was sold to a New York City Admiralty lawyer named Wilbur E. Dow Jr. for $35,000. After he purchased the company, Mr. Dow decided that the Mohican should be converted from steam power to diesel propulsion.

At the end of the 1946 season, the Mohican was laid up. Under the supervision of Sparkman & Stephens, the boilers and engines were taken out, four General Motors 671 diesel engines were installed, and a new superstructure was built to take advantage of the more compact power plant. The cost of the refit was $210,000.

She is still in operation today.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 117'-0"
Beam 26'-6"
Draft 6'-0"

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